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Post-Craft Show

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I'm back from the one-day craft show in Portland, and boy, am I glad it was only one day! So many potential customers on the street, all very engaged and curious.  There were very few who ducked eye contact and scurried off as soon as I tried to talk to them, unlike other years.  The weather was picture perfect, a bit cool in the morning, never too hot, and our display was on the shady side of the street!  We even had a young violinist nearby serenading us for the entire day.

So why am I glad it only lasted one day?  Inventory!  Oh, and no opportunity to eat.  By the end of the day, I had one towel, 2 scarves, and a most smaller pieces left.  It was odd, that very few people bought the smaller, more affordable items.  One takeaway is that I think I need to raise my prices a bit.  They have remained unchanged for years, despite increasing costs of materials.

Here are a few cell phone shots of the booth.  Somehow we "lost" the back of the canopy over the last few years, so…

Garage Progress

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Here we are, one and a half days after they started, and already the workers have gotten this far:



You can just make out the roof trusses that were delivered 30 minutes ago in the background of the second photo.

As much as I'm sure I will love this garage come winter, right now it seems intrusive, cleaving our property in half.  It's exactly where the other one was, though larger in size.  I can no longer see past it towards my husband's shop or the main road.  Sigh.  I'll get used to it, I'm sure of it.  Besides, there was no other logical place for it, and now I'll have garage doors that actually move.

As for my day, I vacuumed.  And vacuumed.  And vacuumed some more.  Then I dusted. I'm afraid that after all that activity, my back is telling me that cleaning the bathrooms will have to wait until tomorrow.  And I did a grand job of terrifying the cats, particularly Dinger.  He hid under the kitchen sink, and would. not. come. out, even well after I put th…

Administrivia

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I just love that term, don't you?  I've borrowed it from another weaver, and it is very fitting for these last two weeks or so. There has been no weaving happening here since the baby blankets came off the loom.  Instead, I've been organizing myself for the upcoming Portland Fine Craft Show, labeling and inventorying (is that a word?!?), packing and generally making a mess of my crafting space.

I'm currently a few days into my summer vacation, and it feels really good not to have to haul myself to the hospital.  I've been able to go for walks almost every day, wake up when my body says so, (and yes, that includes at 2 AM and at midnight and at 3:30 AM...).  The hubster and I went out to eat to celebrate, just locally, followed by a lovely, leisurely walk along Rockland harbor.  Our 33rd (!) anniversary is coming up, and although we don't usually do anything special, we may try a new local restaurant that has some gluten free options.

In the meantime,


our gara…

Compromises

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Thanks to all who let me know their opinions about weft choices from my last post. Interestingly, there was an even split between black and eggplant votes, so I decided to weave the second blanket with eggplant, then the remaining warp with black.  The third piece ended up being 30.75 inches long hemmed, so for now, it will be a stroller/carseat blanket.  I can always cut it up later to sew something else if it languishes too long.  All will be discounted.

The green weft:











Eggplant:






Black (hemmed since):







Opinions, Please

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I've started to weave the next set of baby blankets, and I need some advice.  The first blanket is being woven with green, which, to be honest, would not have been my first choice if I had thought it through, but the draft is called "Springtime" after all.  When the green bisects with the purple, you get brown.

To spread the warp, I used some black carpet warp that I have, and, as expected, the colors are much clearer.  I kind of want to use black for the second blanket, but somehow using black in creating anything "baby" just seems wrong somehow.



So, do I go ahead and use the black anyway, knowing it will show the warp colors off well, or go with a deep purple, which will have a similar effect, but may also intersect badly with the green in the warp?  The original draft calls for weaving with the various weft colors used in the same ratio as the warp, but with the craft show coming up and my work schedule, I don't feel like I have time to devote to multipl…